December 18, 2011 Subject:
Excellent start to the Euro/UK tour
Excellent audience source, from the beginning of the Pumpkins' August/September tour of Europe and the UK. These are the first shows the band has played since the three hometown Metro shows a few weeks earlier. At this show in Copenhagen Billy and James are sick, but the show is still a very good one. There is lots of funny banter here (including James and Billy quoting a line from NWA, and Billy singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the end of "Silverfuck"), and the playing is excellent, apart from a few cracks in Billy's voice here and there. Billy laughs at himself during Geek USA when he can't hit some of the notes in the first verse. The string of shows in Europe during this time are some of the most relaxed of the entire Siamese Dream era. At these gigs, the band take their time with the new songs and there is a freshness to the material that comes across. Billy's vocal delivery matches the original melodies on the new album, which is one of the nicest bonuses of this tour. It seems that the more the band played on tour, the less the songs retained their original rhythms and feel. Even as soon as the end of the September leg in the UK, the songs were already more rushed, the band had much less banter between songs, and Billy was delivering the vocals more in a screaming style, which he would carry through all the way to the end of Lollapalooza in 1994. It's nice to hear these early shows, where the band are playing excellently, and you can hear that they still have that enthusiasm for the new songs.